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The 2019 Riga Masters (also known as the 2019 Kapersky Riga Masters due to sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament held from 26 to 28 July 2019 at the Arēna Rīga in Riga, Latvia. It was the sixth Riga Masters event, with the first being held in 2013, and the first ranking event of the 2019/2020 snooker season. The defending champion, Neil Robertson, previously defeated Jack Lisowski in the 2018 final. However, Robertson and several other players were forced to withdraw from qualifying round matches due to flight cancellations, and therefor could not compete in the event.

2019 Kaspersky Riga Masters
Tournament information
Dates26–28 July 2019
VenueArēna Rīga
CityRiga
CountryLatvia
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£278,000
Winner's share£50,000
Highest break Jack Lisowski (ENG) (145)
Final
Champion Yan Bingtao (CHN)
Runner-up Mark Joyce (ENG)
Score5–2
2018

Yan Bingtao defeated Mark Joyce 5–2 in the final, winning the event and earning his first career ranking title. Yan became the first player born after 2000 to win a ranking event, as well as the first teenager to win a ranking event in 13 years since Ding Junhui won the 2006 Northern Ireland Trophy aged 19. No players from the top 20 in the world reached the quarter-finals. Lisowski scored the highest break of the tournament, a 145. The event had a total prize fund of £278,000 with the winner receiving £50,000. Qualifying for the event was held between 10 and 13 June 2019 at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield, England.

FormatEdit

The tournament was played from 26 to 28 July 2019 at the Arēna Rīga in Riga, Latvia.[1] The event was organised by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, and sponsored by Kaspersky Lab.[1] Matches were played as best-of-seven frames until the semi-finals, which were best-of-nine frames.[1] The quarter-finals, semi-finals, and final were all played on 28 July. The event was broadcast on Eurosport Player (Pan-Europe); NowTV (Hong Kong); Truesport Thailand; and Superstars Online, Youku, and Zhibo.tv (China).[2]

Prize fundEdit

The prize fund was slightly increased from the 2018 event. The champion still received £50,000, but the total prize fund increased from £259,000 to £278,000, as follows:[3]

  • Winner: £50,000
  • Runner-up: £25,000
  • Semi-final: £15,000
  • Quarter-final: £6,000
  • Last 16: £4,000
  • Last 32: £3,000
  • Last 64: £2,000
  • Highest break: £5,000
  • Total: £278,000

Tournament summaryEdit

Early roundsEdit

 
Mark Joyce reached his first ranking event final, defeating 2018 runner-up Jack Lisowski in the round of 16.

The round-of-64 began on 26 July 2019 in Riga, Latvia.[4] Due to flight complications, many players missed the event and had to withdraw, including two-time and defending champion Neil Robertson, Kyren Wilson, and Joe O'Connor.[5] World Snooker commented that due to the number of players missing their matches, it would be difficult to reschedule the affected matches.[6] The round-of-64 match between Robertson and Robert Milkins was not held as both players missing the event, which gave Ben Woollaston a bye into the second-round.[5][7] Milkins and Robertson made Twitter comments on their encounter, as penalty frames were awarded to each player for not appearing in the match.[5]

Three-time world champion Mark Williams defeated James Cahill 4–3, but Williams did not realise he could score a century break, after turning down the final black ball.[7] Mark Selby received two byes before facing Graeme Dott in the second round. Dott won the first three frames of the match, but Selby won the final four to progress.[8] In the round of 16, Selby lost to Stuart Carrington. The 2018 runner-up Jack Lisowski reached the round of 16, before losing to Mark Joyce.[9]

Quarter-finalsEdit

After the round-of-16, no player qualifying for the quarter-finals was ranked in the top 20 in the world.[10] With a ranking of 21, Yan Bingtao was the highest ranked player in the quarter-finals.[10] The quarter-finals, semi-finals, and finals were all played on 28 July.[4] In the quarter-finals, Joyce, who was world rank 54, defeated Carrington 4–1 to advance to the semi-finals, marking his best performance in a ranking event. After defeating Lyu Haotian and Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in previous rounds, Kurt Maflin defeated Luo Honghao 4–1, reaching his third career semi-final. Matthew Selt defeated Mark King 4–1 to reach the semi-final. Selt was the only remaining player who had previously won a ranking event (the 2019 Indian Open). Yan defeated Li Hang 4–3 to reach the semi-finals for the first time since the 2017 Northern Ireland Open.[11]

Semi-finalsEdit

In the first semi-final, Joyce and Maflin exchanged frames throughout the match, with each player alternately winning each frame to tie at 4–4. After Maflin missed a yellow ball, Joyce made a match-high break of 126 to win 5–4.[12] In the second semi-final, Yan defeated Selt 5–3. Neither player made a century break. However, Yan scored a match-high break of 88 to win.[12]

 
Yan Bingtao won his first ranking event after defeating Joyce in the final 5–2.

FinalEdit

The final between Yan and Joyce was played at 7 p.m. GMT and refereed by Tatiana Woollaston.[13] It was Joyce's first final, and neither player had previously won a ranking event. In the first frame, Yan required a snooker and fluked the cue ball behind the black, forcing Joyce to hit the blue ball instead of the brown, awarding Yan enough penalty points to be able to win the frame.[14] Yan cleared the table to win the first frame. Yan won the second frame to lead 2–0, but Joyce won the third with a century break.[14] Yan won three of the next four frames, with breaks of higher than 50. He defeated Joyce 5–2, winning the event and earning his first career ranking title.[14][15] Yan became the first player born after 2000 to win a ranking event, as well as the first teenager to win a ranking event in 13 years since Ding Junhui won the 2006 Northern Ireland Trophy at age 19.[14]

Main drawEdit

The main draw for the tournament featured 64 players. Certain players had to withdraw from the competition due to flight difficulties, and are denoted below with a bye to their opponent. A w/d indicates a withdrawn player, whilst a w/o indicates a walkover. Players listed in bold denote match winners.[13]

 
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 7 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 9 frames
Final
Best of 9 frames
 
                      
 
 
 
 
bye w/d
 
 
 
  Ben Woollaston (ENG)w/o
 
  Ben Woollaston0
 
 
 
  Chen Zifan4
 
  Andres Petrov0
 
 
 
  Chen Zifan (CHN)4
 
  Chen Zifan0
 
 
 
  Yan Bingtao4
 
  Yan Bingtao (CHN)4
 
 
 
  Rod Lawler (ENG)2
 
  Yan Bingtao4
 
 
 
  Alan McManus3
 
  Bai Langning (CHN)w/d
 
 
 
  Alan McManus (SCO)w/o
 
  Yan Bingtao4
 
 
 
  Li Hang3
 
  Mei Xiwen (CHN)w/o
 
 
 
  Chang Bingyu (CHN)w/d
 
  Mei Xiwen4
 
 
 
  Lukas Kleckers1
 
  Lukas Kleckers (GER)4
 
 
 
  Zhang Anda (CHN)3
 
  Mei Xiwen2
 
 
 
  Li Hang4
 
  Ricky Walden (ENG)1
 
 
 
  Yuan Sijun (CHN)4
 
  Yuan Sijun3
 
 
 
  Li Hang4
 
  Mike Dunn (ENG)2
 
 
 
  Li Hang (CHN)4
 
  Yan Bingtao5
 
 
 
  Matthew Selt3
 
  Jamie O'Neill (ENG)w/d
 
 
 
  Sam Craigie (ENG)w/o
 
  Sam Craigie3
 
 
 
  Matthew Selt4
 
  Matthew Selt (ENG)4
 
 
 
  Lu Ning (CHN)2
 
  Matthew Selt4
 
 
 
  Jak Jones2
 
  Ali Carter (ENG)1
 
 
 
  Jak Jones (WAL)4
 
  Jak Jones4
 
 
 
  Michael Holt3
 
  Michael Holt (ENG)4
 
 
 
  Alexander Ursenbacher (SUI)0
 
  Matthew Selt4
 
 
 
  Mark King1
 
  Mark King (ENG)4
 
 
 
  Allan Taylor (ENG)1
 
  Mark King4
 
 
 
  Zhou Yuelong1
 
  Zhou Yuelong (CHN)w/o
 
 
 
  Louis Heathcote (ENG)w/d
 
  Mark King4
 
 
 
  Christopher Keogan1
 
  Soheil Vahedi (IRN)w/d
 
 
 
  Christopher Keogan (ENG)w/o
 
  Christopher Keogan4
 
 
 
  Xiao Guodong1
 
  Xiao Guodong (CHN)w/o
 
 
 
  Kyren Wilson (ENG)w/d
 
  Yan Bingtao5
 
 
 
  Mark Joyce2
 
  Mark Selby (ENG)w/o
 
 
 
  Hossein Vafaei (IRN)w/d
 
  Mark Selby4
 
 
 
  Graeme Dott3
 
  Lee Walker (WAL)0
 
 
 
  Graeme Dott (SCO)4
 
  Mark Selby2
 
 
 
  Stuart Carrington4
 
  Joe Perry (ENG)4
 
 
 
  Anthony Hamilton (ENG)2
 
  Joe Perry2
 
 
 
  Stuart Carrington4
 
  Brandon Sargeant (ENG)1
 
 
 
  Stuart Carrington (ENG)4
 
  Stuart Carrington1
 
 
 
  Mark Joyce4
 
  Scott Donaldson (SCO)2
 
 
 
  Mark Joyce (ENG)4
 
  Mark Joyce4
 
 
 
  Liam Highfield0
 
  Adam Stefanow (POL)1
 
 
 
  Liam Highfield (ENG)4
 
  Mark Joyce4
 
 
 
  Jack Lisowski3
 
  Craig Steadman (ENG)3
 
 
 
  Daniel Wells (WAL)4
 
  Daniel Wells2
 
 
 
  Jack Lisowski4
 
  Rodion Judin1
 
 
 
  Jack Lisowski (ENG)4
 
  Mark Joyce5
 
 
 
  Kurt Maflin4
 
  Ian Preece (WAL)4
 
 
 
  Gerard Greene (NIR)2
 
  Ian Preece2
 
 
 
  Thepchaiya Un-Nooh4
 
  Oliver Lines (ENG)0
 
 
 
  Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (THA)4
 
  Thepchaiya Un-Nooh1
 
 
 
  Kurt Maflin4
 
  Luca Brecel (BEL)1
 
 
 
  Lyu Haotian (CHN)4
 
  Lyu Haotian2
 
 
 
  Kurt Maflin4
 
  Joe O'Connor (ENG)w/d
 
 
 
  Kurt Maflin (NOR)w/o
 
  Kurt Maflin4
 
 
 
  Luo Honghao1
 
  Kacper Filipiak (POL)2
 
 
 
  Tom Ford (ENG)4
 
  Tom Ford1
 
 
 
  Gary Wilson4
 
  Jackson Page (WAL)3
 
 
 
  Gary Wilson (ENG)4
 
  Gary Wilson0
 
 
 
  Luo Honghao4
 
  David Grace (ENG)2
 
 
 
  Luo Honghao (CHN)4
 
  Luo Honghao4
 
 
 
  Mark Williams1
 
  James Cahill (ENG)3
 
 
  Mark Williams (WAL)4
 

FinalEdit

Final: Best of 9 frames. Referee:   Tatiana Woollaston.
Arēna Rīga, Riga, Latvia, 28 July 2019.
Yan Bingtao
  China
5–2 Mark Joyce
  England
58–57, 104–0, 0–133 (103), 83–5 (53), 17–62, 80–17 (65), 71–45 (66)
66 Highest break 103
0 Century breaks 1
3 50+ breaks 1

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying matches were held between 10 and 13 June 2019 at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield, England. Matches involving Neil Robertson, Kishan Hirani, Mark Selby, Duane Jones, and Mark Williams, were planned to be played in Riga. All matches were best-of-seven frames.[16]

Century breaksEdit

Televised stage centuriesEdit

A total of 19 centuries were made during the event. Jack Lisowski scored a 145, the highest break of the event.[17]

Qualifying stage centuriesEdit

During the pre-tournament qualification round, 23 centuries were made. Dominic Dale scores the highest of these, with a break of 141.[18]

ReferencesEdit

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